Students at work in Risan

A ‘guiding point’ for all teachers

Democracy and Human Rights became a guiding point for all teachers at a school in Risan, Montenegro.

Dragutin Scekic (school head), Nataša Dendić (NGO) and Tanja Rotković (Italian and English language teacher) returned from the Summer Academy in Montenegro to Risan enthused with the idea of establishing a common understanding of the principles of democracy and human rights education throughout their school.

There already was a separate subject called Civic Education in the Montenegrin school curriculum, but they felt this wasn’t enough. In Civic Education students learned about democracy and human rights issues - but it didn’t really empower them to think and feel like active citizens. To do this, education for democracy and human rights would need to be made a ‘guiding point’ for all the teachers.

Working with the Teachers’ Council, the team helped subject teachers to see how the aims of democracy and human rights education could be met through their everyday teaching. Within a short time elements of this were being included in English, Italian, Geography, History, Biology, Social Science, Science – yes, and even Civic Education classes!

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